JASMYN Youth

The Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network is a non-profit youth services organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth ages 13-23, in Jacksonville, Florida.
Who We Follow

janetmock:

gradientlair:

"Janet, you know how much I love you. I look up to you as a big sister. And this book really, in my eyes, made me see myself as not just the one who went through my experience alone. Every time I would read a page in your book, it would be like a black and white scene of a movie in my head of my life, of something that you experienced that I’ve experienced in some way. It’s really hard for me to express myself to people when it comes to experiences that I had whether it be good or bad. And for you to have written a book about that is really a blessing. It’s like…this is like the ten commandments for us right now. Like literally. It speaks truth. And with truth comes freedom." - CeCe McDonald

Part of what Cece McDonald said to Janet Mock in regards to her important, exquisitely written, groundbreaking book about being a trans woman of colour, Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More. Quote is from The Barnard Center For Research on Women annual salon that featured several panelists.

Oh, CeCe. I love that girl.

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allishinca:

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Inktober #10, based on this post by iwilleatyourenglish.

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surprisebitch:

she literally embodies the idea of determination and fierceness

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smith-q-and-a:

Trans Women Belong at Smith:

Q&A meets with the Board of Trustees this Saturday at 8am. They want to take a full academic year to decide if they want to amend the admissions policy to facilitate the admission of more trans women to Smith College.

We decided to welcome them to Smith this weekend by showing our support for a more immediate decision. "It’s been too long, trans women belong." Send the Board an email or phonecall in support of trans women directly or by signing our petition. (You don’t have to be affiliated with smith to do this.)

[photos by Carolyn Brown]

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metztlixochitl:

tora42:

thepeoplesrecord:

New photos depict horrific conditions at border detention center
June 17, 2014

New photos released by Rep. Henry Cuellar’s (D-Texas) office depict the unsanitary and cramped living conditions that undocumented immigrants, many of whom are unaccompanied children, are experiencing in a detention center near the U.S.-Mexico border.

The photos were first published by Business Insider on Monday. Cuellar’s office declined to tell the website who took the photos and where exactly they were taken.

President Barack Obama has previously called the buildup of unaccompanied minors at temporary border facilities an “urgent humanitarian situation,” and the government has directed considerable resources to housing and caring for the children. Customs and Border Protection, which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, is supposed to turn over minors to the Department of Health and Human Services within three days, but many children are remaining in detention facilities for longer periods due to the massive influx.

Breitbart Texas released photos of the crisis in early June that showed the undocumented immigrants living in tight, hard-floored spaces. CBP is currently investigating reports that minors have been mistreated at those facilities.

Cuellar, who toured a detention facility in McAllen, Texas, on Saturday with local officials, said in a press release on Monday that he believes federal officers “are doing all that they can under the circumstances to ensure every migrant is treated with dignity and respect.”

"There is no strong protocol in place for dealing with Central American immigrants and some of the most important work left is to improve the process for returning them to their home countries," he said. “The United States needs to do a better job in working with Mexico to strengthen their southern border and to work with the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.”

Vice President Joe Biden is set to travel to Latin America on Friday and will address the surge at the border.

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Obama can call this an urgent humanitarian situation all he’d like. His record number of deportations speaks louder than any meaningless lip service. 

Nearly 50,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed the border & detained in these torturous conditions since Oct. 1. This is a state-sanctioned humanitarian crisis & government child abuse. 

REFUGEES NOT IMMIGRANTS. THERE IS A DIFFERENCE.

It fucking hurts to see this because THIS is what two of my cousins are being forced to sleep in right now. They were migrating from El Salvador and have been caught at the Texas border. The two have been separated, and are at two different detention centers in Texas. We know where my younger cousin is, but we do not know the whereabouts of my older cousin. They left home nearly a month and a half ago, have travelled through Mexico, and finally crossed, only to get caught shortly after. Please keep them and all migrant families in your thoughts and prayers, because this stuff is not easy to go through.

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skyetownsend:

I have heard that I am “pretty for a black girl” my entire life. Men have always insinuated that there was no way I could only be black. “Yeah yeah, I know you’re black. But…what else?” They would point out my features or hair texture or something really stupid that made no sense. They said black as if it was a curse. Black women are some of the most colorful women in the world. We come in all shades…have so many hair textures..eye colors..body types. In this generation, it’s sad to see so many black girls claiming ethnicities that they know nothing about in hopes of impressing a man or appearing ‘exotic’. So many people act as if being black and beautiful is impossible. It’s not. If we wanna get technical and look at our history, almost every black American is mixed. But we must stop implying that a woman’s beauty comes from a part of her that is not black. This shirt is to die for. The link to purchase is in the location. 👑 (at 💳💵: teespring.com/blackgirl)

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huffingtonpost:

WHY THIS WOMAN WOULD RATHER READ HARRY POTTER EROTICA THAN WATCH PORN

When spoken word artist Brenna Twohy tells you that she is an unabashed devotee of all things “Potterotica” — erotic fiction based in the magical universe of Harry Potter — your response probably shouldn’t be that her taste is “unrealistic.” 

Watch her full monologue here. 

(Source: National Poetry Slam uploaded by Button Poetry)

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citizen-earth:

Decolonization Day 2014

Houston, Texas

(photos by Elizabeth Brossa)

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transstudent:

Here’s some terminology about gender that many people get wrong! To learn more, go here: www.transstudent.org/gendergrammar

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